Collecting the winning prize of £1,000, the pupils were taking part in SKILL!, a programme helping young people learn entrepreneurial skills through interactive enterprise workshops.
The students’ winning idea, called “Exer-Charger”, is an ingenious solution to the common problem of rapidly-depleted mobile phone batteries. Exer-Charger is a water-resistant armband which uses kinetic energy during exercise to charge devices. They won the competition with a tally of 79 per cent of the votes following an online vote on Twitter.
Helping the pupils on the day were staff from Aldermore, the SME-focused bank, which sent several members of their local Manchester and Wilmslow teams to act as mentors to the students. The Bank also used its Twitter followers to judge the best idea. Aldermore has been a corporate partner in the SKILL! Programme since 2012, and has supported school workshops in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Reading and Peterborough.
For the winning idea, Aldermore awarded the school a cheque for £1,000 and they have decided to donate half their prize to help support one of their students who was diagnosed recently with cancer.
Commenting on All Hallows win, Aldermore’s Shilpa Lindley said:
“Congratulations to the pupils from All Hallows school for their winning idea. SKILL! is an exciting way of teaching young people valuable skills they will need in their future careers.
Lindley added: “Throughout the day we saw innovative ideas and real entrepreneurial flair from all the students involved. It is great to see so many talented students coming up with clever ideas and putting them to work.”
Lisa Teasdale, Business and Enterprise Co-ordinator at All Hallows School has commented:
“We were delighted to be invited to take part in the SKILL! Workshop again this year. It was truly inspiring listening to the teams of pupils pitch their innovative ideas to the panel of judges. Workshops such as SKILL!, help to motivate young people and develop important skills such as communication, problem solving and team work which will prove invaluable in life, school and future career choices.”
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